Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Venus in Sugarland

Venus in Scorpio gets what she wants whether she wants it or not. There are no bounds to her desire nor to the ways in which this seductress operates.
Last Saturday night I sauntered into a health food store and there past the entrance was a golden curly-headed well made not too old, not too young man enthusiastically selling Vitamixes. My inner Jack LaLanne leapt out and I thought of my shimmering health and longevity while he offered to mix me a fruity concoction. In went grapes, cantaloupe, banana, pomegranate seeds, pineapple, oranges, and I think some apple while he talked about the Boulder know-it-alls he'd just encountered who were somewhat confused about nutrition in his educated opinion. The mega horse power machine did its job and the three old ladies in front of him (that would include me) were dazzled. We loved his juice.
But then something strange happened. In a sort of psychic trance that suddenly overcame him, he told me that another man was coming my way. One more. A great one. The One. My inner Jack immediately panicked at the thought of giving up my solitary pursuit of physical perfection. My venerated freedom. I don't need any more trouble. Besides, I thought I was becoming immune to fate at my advanced age. I chalked it up to Venus in Scorpio and the spook factor and decided to continue as is until further notice.
Venus in Scorpio can work in mysterious ways and now with Saturn in Libra, relationships are front and center for many people. I don't know about you, but the retrograde is bringing in friends from my past and fictitious ones in my future apparently. Venus in Scorpio goes for the gut, the deepest bonding possible, whereas Libra with controlling Saturn prefers a more airy detached form of relating without the emotional demands. By the time this ends I imagine relationships could be somewhat transformed in people's lives. New ones might develop, old ones might die, and current ones could change if necessary.
Scorpio likes to share pain and with Venus retrograde people might discover some relationships based on shared trauma losing their lure. Some love feeling helpful and included in other people's extreme experiences, but not altogether infrequently they discover that the help is ineffective and that the pain can become a drain. There can be difficultly when trying to extricate one's self from such entanglements but this transit might point the way as a few learn that the best form of help can on occasion be implemented by a departure from the relationship or a distancing. Saturn in Libra knows about balancing needs and this guidance can be of use. On the other hand, you might be newly involved in helping individuals through trauma bringing out the best in your character, as you'd like to see it.
Others might find themselves in relationships with envy and jealousy on the rise and here again, Saturn in Libra can be the arbiter of reasonable dealings when accusations, demands, and fits of poisonous vengeance rear up temporarily while people test the limits of their loved ones' loyalty. Forgiveness sometimes mysteriously disappears when Scorpio takes over, but conversely, in retrograde, it can be that old grudges are forgotten and renewal of long lost love comes about with pleasure and relief. Saturn in Libra can aid you in justifying your actions to your heart's content if excuses (explanations) must be made to lure the loved one back. Fair is fair despite Venus in Scorpio's attraction to suspense sometimes leading to quite far fetched suppositions. Evidence, baby. Solid evidence.
Then, of course, there is the proverbial soul mate with Venus in Scorpio, the threat of my mixmaster. Scorpio is fond of the me-and-you-against-the-world approach to relationship where a secret covenant is made between the lovers that excludes all others, unless of course Venus is interested in some games of jealously all geared to prove the strength of the original bond. Hopefully. I think many might question their bondage to groups that could be restricting involvement with broader circles and when Venus leaves Scorpio for Sagittarius in January, some expansion could be the result, especially with Jupiter and its large social connections getting a new start in Aries soon after.
Another Scorpio favorite is the female fight for dominance dating back to reproductive success so it's said. It's easy to see that now within these social clusters made especially noticeable with the burst of new ladies on the public stage. Venus. Yes. Who is the ????? of them all? Potency or something. Or who has the sharpest toes?
It's also interesting to point out the female bond that often underlies their relationships and even the women they supposedly hate often really represent something more complex. I won't say more on this fascinating subject at the moment but it deserves observation since the female political role is changing now in ways that are not fully understood. Pluto opposite US Venus and Neptune on the Moon are still in action.

With Uranus diligently rocking the boat and Mars tunneling deep into Scorpio, hell has broken loose again and the country is in turmoil with the Saturn return just around the bend. There are reasons for the mayhem. "It's the stupid, stupid." The mantra of the day. This hits below the belt. No one does well with insults denigrating the basics of their being.
The fans were all excited waiting to root for their team and discuss their favorite players but it hasn't quite worked out that way with this contest. Bigger things have dominated. It seems that society is tiring of the repetitive political rituals since their problems are getting unavoidable and they want something done by their leaders. Neither party has delivered. In fact, they've made it worse. Common citizens are weary watching the grandest theft in their lifetimes unfold before their eyes while they remain nonresponsive, not knowing what to do. Their votes seem to be the only thing they're holding and the scramble to possess them includes promises getting emptier and emptier while concocted threats mount. Emptying out, a good idea. It's all part of the destructive phase we've encountered and there's no stopping it. The Scorpionic demons demand annihilation. They want it.

But back to Venus. There's hope in the hopelessness. Here's a little story about Libra at its best.....
My husband had a 29 Libra Moon and he was the ultimate gentleman when he aimed to be. My brother, a Libra, had Venus in Scorpio squaring a Mars-Pluto conjunction and his appetites were sizable. My man was a sweet lover and he usually kept a half gallon of ice cream in the freezer. Once my brother came to visit and in the dark of the desert night he completely wiped out the cold sweet stuff. The kind gentleman, who intensely disliked my brother, silently went ahead and purchased another carton, then labeled it "ocean perch". That solved the problem since my brother, in spite of his hunger, has a wonderful sense of humor. The desired sugar was shared by all and our many combined Libra planets chuckled approvingly.
So while they eviscerate one another in their hunger out there, ordinary people can consider themselves safe if they choose, no matter who wins what battle. The contestants need the pain. Scorpio is unafraid to encounter the devils within since they dance together with the most sublime pleasures. The thing of real importance is the relationship of the individual to her own profound desires and quest for satisfaction, whether that includes specific relationships or not. If people do relate under this influence it can be more important than usual to reach this dimension of mutual experience. The retrograde takes the search away from forward motion so digging into internal mines for hidden riches is bound to bring reward. This could include a movement away from the outer circus to something more genuine and tailored to personal need. Some people are finding the public orgy troublesome at present and this provides the route to those inner treasure caves. Or at least some picking and choosing when following so many people who know not where they go? The best and the worst come out with Venus in Scorpio. And the sweetness can be thickly covered in gooey syrupy sensation. Don't get stuck! Venus in Scorpio wants it all.
Another man? C'mon Sugar. Let's do it.
Ice Cream Cavern: Will Cotton: oil on canvas

Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Herd and the Empire

A robust thank you to Sally Cheyne McDonald for posting the Banking Manifesto of 1892 on her blog, Astroworld. It's perfect. It should be written in stone for telling a truth it didn't mean to tell. We as ancestors must hand this on to future generations so their eyes can shine in astonishment. The Communist Manifesto could never compete.
It's also a perfect time to contemplate this document as the dog mauling dog ritual of elections has come around again, and at this juncture, the Democratic dogs are as equally caged and hungry as the Republican ones, both sides being played by their affluent sponsors, and both finding power difficult to sustain as the downward slide of the system meets the light of consciousness. They need a manifesto badly, although it appears that they are eager to let the thing slide into ruin or thereabouts. Imagine the cheap labor pool that awaits these cautious designers should such a thing occur. The original creed might work.
People are understandably reluctant to think about these matters for fear of bringing down their spirits, but it actually works the opposite way. Being smart and savvy, having good sense, and understanding the game are a big boon to the spirits. Not falling for the politicians' hokum is a true pleasure.. Owning your own mind, knowing your principles, developing a loyal bond with your conscience, and trusting something other than them.
I've pondered the question for years, wondering why people allow themselves to be in such an obsequious position in relation to their rulers. I've seen it in many small ways, this hypnotic force that drives people to follow in herds. Why are they led so easily to just about anything? The rulers are led, too, by super rulers, up and up, to god knows what. I don't believe anyone knows who's making the decisions, which is why I hold firm to my view that the collective as a whole is in charge. It might look like the bullish architects of the Manifesto always get their way and will succeed in reducing the people to an even lower status, but there is no guarantee. We acquired small palaces ourselves and now we've tasted the nectar. Who knows where it will land?
So the fleecing is becoming excessive as it does periodically. Is this not a good time to take a look at the situation? The deadlock as it were. This election is a prime example of the dastardly deadlock. Any notions of being saved by anyone right now probably should be abandoned at the door if you are exercising your good sense. Contemplate the Banking Manifesto for an idea of how much change can be expected when you think about today. They are heavily made up to appear otherwise, but everything the politicians do is geared toward bending the public mind and advancing their own power in accordance with these sacred financial principles. Mars in Scorpio is helping to reveal the extent of their desire, especially with the lid on corporate election spending removed. It's quite a production.
The entrance into a golden la-la land sounds wonderful but I'm not purchasing my ticket yet. Not in early Capricorn. I've got too much to do first.

"We (the bankers) must proceed with caution and guard every move made, for the lower order of people are already showing signs of restless commotion [that would be us]. Prudence will therefore show a policy of apparently yielding to the popular will until our plans are so far consummated that we can declare our designs without fear of any organized resistance [that would be soon]. The Farmers Alliance and Knights of Labor organizations in the United States should be carefully watched by our trusted men, and we must take immediate steps to control these organizations in our interest or disrupt them."

Well no kidding. "Our trusted men." One main astrological driver is the Pluto opposition to the US Cancer stellium, with its revelation of parental neglect and the dangers of continuing obedience to a damaged ruling body. Yes, we're being carefully watched by those trusted men with their immediate steps. The punishing of the left wing, the group most interested in justice and equality, tells the fact. The cracking down on dissent, particularly the anti-war groups, is a sign of the increasing authoritarian power squeeze in a sauce of scare by intimidation. You know, secret prisons and all. It's perfectly akin to the parental hand of the British Empire we rebelled against originally now that the Pluto return is in gear.

"When through the process of the law, the common people have lost their homes, they will be more tractable and easily governed through the influence of the strong arm of the government applied to a central power of imperial wealth under the control of the leading financiers. People without homes will not quarrel with their leaders."

Whoo boy. Cancer transits baby! That hits in the heart and belly. The "strong arm of the government. Central power of imperial wealth. People without homes".
They are wrong. I've been without a home of my own most of my life and I never back away from quarreling with leaders. It's an order. They could be in for a surprise.

It happens with all empires. The uprisings of the peasants are as predictable as the suction of power and wealth by the ruling class. They count on the herd instinct as their high card but occasionally the card gets lost and the people revolt. In ways, this is a good time since the rulers are all so achingly obvious in their so-called cunning games. Transparency they didn't count on like the bankers' truth. One could almost pity them if we weren't in such dire economic straits watching them enjoy their fabulous riches without guilt or shame like court fools. Probably they are weakening simply from the excess and the people know it. They're preparing. Survival favors the well adjusted and as profits disappear for the commoners, their harmony with the coming era of contraction increases. The bankers and all of them will be at a disadvantage in the changing times. They have the most to lose. Money is not the answer. Power is probably easier to acquire than to hold.

"History repeats itself in regular cycles. This truth is well known among our principal men who are engaged in forming an imperialism of the world [that would be senoir politicians]. While they are doing this, the people must be kept in a state of political antagonism. By thus dividing voters, we can get them to expand their energies in fighting over questions of no importance to us, except as teachers to the common herd. Thus, by discrete action, we can secure all that has been so generously planned and successfully accomplished."

Well there you have it. Election season. I'm antagonized while they're engaged in forming their little imperial world paradise so generously planned. You bet. New terror alerts right on cue. People getting literally sick to their gizzards of one another. Money all over the place except in my hands. Obscenity and hideous aggression in the air and I happen to be a timid person, so yes. I'm successfully antagonized. Good job.

There is a lot of complaint about the complaints and absence of action or suggestions about what can be done. But now is not a time for solutions since the demolition has just begun and adjustments have to be made as the structural decay of the country is exposed and recognized. Acknowleding the futility of this election and the failures in the air make a fine start. Those who are afraid of a Republican takeover need not worry no matter how many seats they gain. It's just part of the wild two party swing in these economic hard times just as it was in the 1890s when the Banker's Manifesto was declared and a Democratic majority changed to the largest Republican win in history in 1894. Saturn was in Libra as it is now and eventually the seesaw settles. Both parties are incapable of leading and the public will vacillate between the two until economic security returns. It's fairly simple.
When Uranus goes back to Aries and Pluto gets a toehold, answers will start coming, and in due time, solutions. It's good to keep in mind the wave-like nature of events in society and that we're now in a restricted, somewhat depressing down part of the line that must run it's course before it turns up, which is inevitable. Riding the wave is superior to getting caught in the undertow in my estimation.
It's hard sometimes to let go of long held beliefs and dependence on certain groups but something has to give. Comparing and contrasting might give a slight edge to someone or some thing for a fleeting moment but the whole organism is in need of treatment. Maybe there are some new leaders within the herd and if the members could take their eyes off the needy, rather grotesque pantheon of stars today in the public light, they might see possibility. Potential is a fact of life. Sometimes you have to look in unusual places. Sometimes you have to look again. And again, in case you missed it. It can be subtle. Turning away from the ordinary miscreants is not easy but it can be done and dissidents are in tune with that necessity. Even if leadership takes a further dive at first it could be the path to something better when the time determines. It will. Survival requests it. The tuning up of values with Pluto opposing US Venus and Jupiter will bear fruit in the long run.
Well the bankers seem to have their act together. I'd better work on mine.
The Course of Empire: Destruction, Thomas Cole, oil on canvas-1858

Friday, October 01, 2010


Mars in Scorpio
Scorpio represents material which is no longer essential and before decay escalates and poisons the system it must be eliminated. Mars is the decisive thrust of separation, and the endings in motion now are part of a larger pattern related to the building Pluto transit through Capricorn. Mars is not always subtle and the natural inclination of Scorpio toward pain is intensified with Mars crossing the sign for six weeks. Fear is part of the process and mysterious undercurrents create a haunting psychological tone in the atmosphere arousing interest in the shadows and perception of multi dimensional threats. What exactly these threats are might never be known. But whatever needs to be excised will be.

I talked extensively about the current administration's chart and the moon at 29 Scorpio, which to me tells the tale best. Mars is headed for that moon and as you've noticed, the elimination is already underway. You might recall that the people involved have a preponderance of Scorpio planets. Those planets are being activated as taunts and Martian bullying are spurting out from everywhere and blame has no idea where to settle in its torrential extrusion. This is all necessary since the times call for destruction and release -- the beginning of the Plutonian process of death and regeneration. In a sense the whole administration should go and on some level it probably will. Plus the splintering of both parties is exactly what is needed at this stage of the country's political evolution.

To those who have awakened, the malaise of the government is clear and although most want to participate in a great healing, the elimination of waste comes first. Neither party is presenting a valuable package and it's quite apparent that the masses aren't too keen on handing them their precious votes. Scorpio governs wealth and to the common citizens, their votes are part of the treasure chest. Government on the cheap has its problems. The begging is unbecoming and if people hold their cards close perhaps the nascent shoots of genuine power can start to crack the earth eventually.

Under these conditions, punishment of those who are withholding their votes is not practical. It could easily be the source of something important. In fact, those who are choosing not to participate could be the most significant part of this election. They are recognizing the potency of an individual voice, with Mars in Scorpio giving them courage to make a stroke of finality in refusing to play this age old game of pretense and humiliation. The multi billions put into propaganda could be better spent if the swindlers knew it wasn't working and if people developed savvy and self respect, the idea behind Capricorn. Adhering to principles, a novel concept, and establishing boundaries. Doing the right thing after conscious consideration.

People vote too fast. Many vote mindlessly and blindly, some staying loyal to vague ancestors who dictated the party line to the family into perpetuity. Some don't know why they vote.
It is a lawful right. Simply. You do with it what you want. You can spend it. You can keep it. You can abuse it. You can treasure it. You can throw it in the dumpster. It's yours. And it's not for others to decide what you should do.

Vote for who you will. At some point people will have to think and act independently if a real democracy is destined to sprout. The winners of the current race are fantastically insignificant. And keep in mind the fact that one party rule is never a good thing no matter how much you hate the opposition. They have less power than you believe. People out of power can come back with a vengeance and they usually do. Those who have total power are weakened by the fear that they can't sustain it. And they can't. Shared power can be advantageous, especially with Saturn in Libra lending a balance scale to the proceedings. Acceptance of the other's presence might be unavoidable.

It's also helpful to keep in mind the end of the nodes in Cancer-Capricorn and the weaning from dependency on politicians I've mentioned so often before. With Pluto on the Capricorn NN and Venus opposite conjunct the Cancer South, a step away from the childlike attachment the country favors could be indicated. I'd grab the opportunity. I think I will. Even the founding fathers could use a break. How can we be led successfully through troubled times with out of control toddlers everywhere having continuous tantrums with what I perceive as mental incapacity? It's hard to decide whether to vote for them or incarcerate them. Maybe day care is the answer, at taxpayers' expense of course.

Whatever happens the destruction of the established order is imminent so the throttling of the parties is not surprising. I don't want a continuation of this government myself and I'm finding more and more people agreeing with me. The sale backfired this time. Now people really do desire change. Maybe. Deliver the goods or my money back. That's the sensible way to do business.
I suppose some entity guides humans' every move, and what or who that is, is your guess.

The Spook Factor
Scorpio coupled with Mars can rile up the fear chemicals like crazy and the outlandish panic between the parties is preposterous. Democrats won't perish if a few Republicans win, and they might not even notice any increased suffering after it's said and done. Republicans can relax in the knowledge that their country won't become a Communist haven overnight when Democrats slip off a few hotly contested seats. The whole thing will work itself out no matter who votes for whom. The exaggerated fear of sudden political cataclysm doesn't quite fit. It might turn out that the crowd doesn't get its cataclysm at all, 2012 notwithstanding. Or 2020. Or Pluto or Uranus or Saturn. Or even seven hits, as mystical as that sounds.

Betrayal is a favorite Scorpio subject and it does no harm to understand the feelings of those who spend time, energy, money, and emotion, with dreaded door-knocking, in enthusiastic outpourings for just about anyone. To be disenchanted is inevitable. Anger is a by-product, it ebbs and flows. Slow percolation is better than an exploding pressure cooker if it can be prevented. So maybe the expression of angst is a healthy sign. Oppression and obedience are not healthy, no matter what condiments you dress them with. Pressure has to break out.

Fair Exchange
Perhaps the most beneficial aspect of Scorpio is the art of fair exchange and here's where it gets interesting. Venus is also in Scorpio, the lady of transactions and shared riches. To highlight the drama, Venus is going retrograde in Scorpio very soon and will be there until January repeating the theme of Pluto opposite US Venus. That's a lot of time and energy devoted to the idea of "I'll give you what you desire and you'll give me what I want, satisfaction guaranteed."

And so it starts with the distribution of votes. The people are merely asking that the elected officials deliver some tangibles in exchange for their votes. They're not doing so at present. Who owes whom? What does a vote mean? It's ludicrous to fall for the deception that the people are obligated to the rulers. It's supposed to be the reverse and if they don't recognize that, a fair government will never be born.

The politicians are sponsored by big business and are required to please them first so they throw bits and pieces to the crowd to create the illusion of answering to their needs. The swindle is getting harder to conceal and they are cornered since they still need the votes. This adds to the importance of society's say and maybe this time through the process more understanding of the dynamic is coming into view. The battle could end up to be between the traditional sponsors and the commoners if the people go ahead and exercise their power starting now, and that means withholding votes in some cases. If people's votes are that important then the politicians will have to show how much they value them, without begging or threatening. Most of all, Americans can begin to comprehend the fact that it's not them. Or us. It's all of us. The collective contracts we make are above and beyond the clawing cast of individual characters. They needn't be so bothersome. Who's holding the high card?

As you probably know the wealth distribution is more out of whack than it's ever been and through Mars in Scorpio, then Venus and Pluto, an increasing awareness of the magnitude of the problem is developing. The people are getting it on a visceral level. Scorpio. The rich had a great year. The other 98% of the population didn't fare so well. And the dagger of Mars is driving the knowledge home in between commercials. It's far far beyond the president, his self destructing cabinet, and the congressional aspirants, so regardless how much Mars in Scorpio hurts, no matter how scary it gets, some measure of truth is emerging. Even though it might seem like enemies are lurking in every corner, in the end it's one organism, with all people playing essential roles, supporting this or that as they go. Someone's right choice can easily be another's wrong one. Flexibility is good. The natural curve with the fluidity of Scorpio and Pisces so influential these days.

The always pesky issue of shared power in relationships is scheduled to be in the forefront throughout the retrograde and Saturn in Libra weighs heavily in securing justice and equality. Most important is your own support network, and this transit is an ideal time to establish who is there for you and who can be eliminated, with some forays into revenge, jealousy, betrayal, deep emotional connection, and magnificent shared potent energy -- all those goodies of Scorpio, with Venus and Mars enjoying their intrigues to the fullest. If you don't have anyone to pester you can clean out your closets, garage, basement, and attic, if you have one. You and I both know there's something to discard in those nooks among the cobwebs.